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PART TEN:   INDEPENDENT
ACTION

A1 DAYBREAK on June yth the British began the
Battle of Messlnes by exploding nineteen full-
sized mines. For me the day was made memorable by
the fact that I lunched with the editor of the Unconser-
vative Weekly at his club. By the time I entered that
imposing edifice our troops had advanced more than
two miles on a ten-mile front and a great many
Germans had been blown sky-high. To-morrow this
newrs would pervade clubland on a wave of optimism
and elderly men would glow with satisfaction.

In the meantime prospects on the Russian Front
were none too bright since the Revolution; but a
politician called Kerensky ("Waiter, bring me a large
glass of light port3') appeared to be doing his best for
his country and one could only hope that the Russian
Army would—humph—stick to its guns and remem-
ber its obligations to the Allies and their War Aims.

My luncheon with Mr. Markington was the result
of a letter impulsively written from Nutwood Manor.
The letter contained a brief outline of my War service
and a suggestion that he ought to publish something
outspoken so as to let people at home know what the
War was really like. I offered to provide such details
as I knew from personal experience. The style of my
letter was stilted, except for a postcript; "I'm fed up

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